Kids say the darnest things- How to cook a turkey

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- A lot of people are going over their check-list tonight for their Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.

The turkey is a big part of the meal, and the perfectly cooked bird can make or break your feast.

NewsChannel 7's Erica Rakow decided to ask some kindergarteners and first graders how they'd help mom if they were asked to help.

Local school students learn that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national day of thanks in 1863.

For many people, Thanksgiving Day means one thing: turkey. We thought it might be fun to see how much some local kids know about cooking turkey.

Before they got started on their turkey recipes, Mrs. Spiller explained to her first grade class that ingredients means the things you would put in your turkey, on the turkey or around the turkey before you bake it.

Here’s some of their responses:

"Pepperoni, butter, stuffing, pizza, ham, salt, meat, grease, onions and chips."

"10 tomato slices, 2 scoops of stuffing, lettuce and the turkey."

"I would put barbeque sauce and A-1 sauce on my turkey."

"Bologna, steak, mustard and ketchup."

"I would put in my turkey like dumplings and ice cream."

If their creative ingredients sound good to you then the turkey's a go but you may want to have the local fire departments on stand-by.

"Cook it for 5 million hours."

"I am going to cook it for 600 hours."

"It's going to be really hot so you got to put something on your hand. Something you can carry it with."

"The oven needs to find 2,000 degrees."

And Kasey, knows exactly who she'd like to share her well done turkey.

"I would share with my teachers, my friends because all of the things I want to share for my thanksgiving dinner!"

No matter how you cook your turkey, remember it's all about being thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Blue’s Thankful Sweet Potato Treat

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked, and mashed
6 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted, divided in two
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
12 ginger cookies, finely crushed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tbsp. brown sugar

-Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix potatoes, 3 tablespoons of the melted butter, orange juice, and salt until well blended. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole.
-Mix the remaining 3 tablespoons of the melted butter, cookie crumbs, pecans, and brown sugar until blended. Sprinkle over the sweet-potato mixture.
-Bake 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 22 min.

1 large sweet potato
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
8 tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2-3/4 cup cold milk

-Wash the sweet potato and poke it with a fork liberally. Microwave the potato on high, turning occasionally until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let the potato cool completely. Peel and mash until smooth. Measure 3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato and use the remaining for another recipe.
-Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or two knives until fine crumbs. Add the sweet potato and 2/3 cup of milk and stir with a fork until the mixture just holds together. Add another tablespoon of milk if the mixture is too dry.
-Transfer the mixture onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat the dough to 3/4 inch thickness. Cut out as many 2 1/2-inch circles with the cookie cutter as possible. Transfer the dough circles to the prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Reshape the scraps if necessary.
-Bake until the biscuits are golden and puffed, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Serve alone or try our Honey Butter recipe.

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